Ruddocks expands, bucking the national trend

Ruddocks, the Lincoln-based design and print business, is continuing to buck the downward trend that is beleaguering many of the UK’s design and print suppliers by expanding its operations.

This week, Paul Banton, Ruddocks’ managing director, announced a three year expansion plan following a year on year increase in Ruddocks’ turnover. Says Banton:

We are now reaping the rewards of a targeted marketing campaign and a sterling effort from all the staff. We were aware that many businesses in Lincolnshire thought that Ruddocks was ‘just a printer’ or that we were a retail shop on the High Street! So it was up to us to show that we offer far more than ‘just a printing service’. With three months to go before the year end, we are going to totally outstrip last year’s turnover by around 15% – maybe more with several new contracts about to start.”

The first step in the planned growth for the company was to take on three new members of staff to join the Ruddocks’ operation on Great Northern Terrace in Lincoln.

On the print and communications side of the business, Lindsey Smith has been appointed as project manager to join the key accounts team and Andy Clayton, has joined the company in a new role to manage business development and online marketing.

Commenting on the new appointments, Banton says:

“We are delighted to welcome Lindsey and Andy on board. Lindsey is an excellent project manager with a superb customer care ethos and Andy’s appointment will help to cement our position as not just a printer but a true communications partner.”

The design team at Ruddocks has also been feeling the strain of the increased business and are pleased that Ben Cucksey will be making a valuable contribution to their creative output.

But expanding the workforce is only part of the story. Ruddocks plans for the future include investing in a new printing press and overhauling the digital suite.